Reserve Deputy James L. Epp

Reserve Deputy James L. Epp

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 1978

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James L. Epp

Reserve Deputy James Epp drowned while attempting to save two women trapped in a car when a river flooded onto a road.

Deputy Epp and a civilian who were trying to help were swept away by the river as they attempted to attach a chain to the car. His body was found one mile downstream. The civilian survived.

Deputy Epp had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for nearly 20 years and was awarded the Arizona Medal of Valor posthumously in May 1978. He volunteered with MCSO for nearly 20 years prior to his death. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years, 9 months
  • Badge Jeep 616

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Rest in peace Hero. Your EOW was the same day, same year, as my dad Officer Arthur Williams. I thank you for your service, and I pray God bless, and keep your family. Even though it's been 40 years you are not forgotten. I pray those who protect, and serve today, make it home safely to their love ones

Michael L Williams

July 25, 2018

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